Boy falls in love. Boy gets dumped. Boy brings back two African gods from Botswana to heal girlfriend’s fickle nature and arthritis . . .
- Originally published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Vol. 1, 2005
- Audio production on Far Fetched Fables #44, 2015
It all started with one sentence.
I was generating ideas, brainstorming, and out popped this line: “Bill had two African gods in a Smucker’s jelly jar in his trunk.”
That was the trunk of his car. And these were, of course, live gods. But what would fit in Smucker’s jar? How did they get there? What would they do? And what was going to happen with Bill?
I loved the sound of that line, the image, the situation, but one snippet of an idea is not enough to build a story. I toyed around with the idea now and again. And then years later I was listening to O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton. The voice of one of the characters was exactly what I needed. He was all hick. And as soon as I decided that’s what my character would be, the story began to hum with electricity. Very soon after that, I finished it.
Orson Card published it in the debut issue of Intergalatic Medicine Show.